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Finding Freedom...World Wide Ride

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by BcDano, Jul 19, 2012.

  1. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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  2. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We did a tour of the grounds of the Belvedere castle and the Wei Wei art installation that was set up there. Part is a lotus shaped installation in the pond that is made out of hundreds of life jackets.

    [​IMG]Vienna-24 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Vienna-16 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Vienna-18 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Vienna-19 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Vienna-17 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    Sunset at the museum.


    [​IMG]Vienna-15 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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  3. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We escaped the heat for a few hours in the Kunsthistorisches Museum of fine art. Here there is a great mix of art forms and styles. There is a large number of “curiosity” objects that the rich collected or used to entertain guests. These included huge rock crystal carved vases that look like glass, all kinds of art with exotic materials, and automatons for example. We also managed to have some pretty good Wienerschnitzel in Wein!

    [​IMG]Vienna-25 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Vienna-4 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Vienna-9 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

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    [​IMG]Vienna-10 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Vienna-11 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Vienna-13 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Vienna-8 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Vienna-7 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

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    [​IMG]Vienna-3 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

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    [​IMG]Vienna-2 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
  4. tradex56

    tradex56 Been here awhile

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    :clapit is always a pleasure to see you again.
    The photos are magnificent, especially those of Venice. Daniel, you're getting a good photographer.
    I am honored to have met you live and to be entered in your report.
    Ciao, :waveMario.
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  5. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Mario

    So nice to hear from you! Thanks again for making such an effort to come meet with us! We are headed to the TransAlpina and Transfagarian! Sara
  6. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    From Vienna we were on a bit of a mission to make it to the Slovenian capital of Ljubljana for Friday afternoon since our friends there had taken the day off to show us around. This meant another boring 4 hours on the toll / vignette highway to the south and then west. Arriving we were greeted by our friends Goran & Šanin (Sha-neen) who we had met in Cumbuco Brazil in 2014. They told us to come just for the “human fish” found here, but Slovenia is such a great place to visit you don’t need tourist a gimmick Gogy!

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2016-08-01 at 18.43.02 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]cave-dwelling-human-fish-lays-eggs-136403951126203901-160212141358 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    “The olm or proteus is an aquatic salamander in the family Proteidae, the only exclusively cave-dwelling chordate species found in Europe. In contrast to most amphibians, it is entirely aquatic; it eats, sleeps, and breeds underwater. Living in caves found in the Dinaric Alps, it is endemic to the waters that flow underground through the extensive limestone of the karst of Central and Southeastern Europe, specifically southern Slovenia.”
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  7. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    They had a full itinerary of activities planned for us. This started with a tour of the very lovely centre of the city of Ljubljana. It is mostly pedestrian zone and is full of cafes and restaurants.

    [​IMG]Ljubljana by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Ljubljana-2 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

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    [​IMG]Ljubljana-14 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We strolled the city, had a few beers (with free hot dogs..love this place) and then some ice cream from a local Slovenian shop called Cacoa.


    [​IMG]Ljubljana-3 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Ljubljana-4 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    We ended the eating spree with a visit to “open kitchen” which is a street food party held here every Friday night. We had amazing ribs, local Dragon beer, and wine served in real classes. It was packed. They even have a gin and tonic stall. The town is full of people having a good time.

    [​IMG]Ljubljana-5 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

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    We finished the evening with a stroll along the lake after sunset and some caipirinhas.

    [​IMG]Ljubljana-15 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Ljubljana-18 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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  9. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Todays agenda was a sleep in and then a drive north to Lake Bohinj and a hike to the water fall.

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2016-08-01 at 18.52.12 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]Ljubljana-6 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Ljubljana-25 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

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    There was a spot to jump in the river and cool off on the way.

    [​IMG]Ljubljana-24 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Ljubljana-20 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We back tracked to Bled, which is said to be one of the most picturesque spots in Europe. There is the Bled castle, and the church on the island. Here also at the largest hotel there serve the traditional Bled cream cake Kremmna Rezina or “Kremsnita” of which Dan had 2 slices (delicious).

    [​IMG]Ljubljana-11 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

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    [​IMG]Ljubljana-31 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

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    [​IMG]Ljubljana-29 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    From Bled we headed back to the city and to the famous Hood Burger for the best burgers we have ever had and served from a metal shipping container in the SPAR parking lot!


    [​IMG]Ljubljana-13 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Sunday we had another sleep in followed by coffee at the base of Mount St. Mary (which we were to lazy to hike up the 600 meters), then we visited the cemetery, and finally the Metelkova district ( a former squatters village turned into street art and night club venue). We had a great Chinese lunch and then took a tour of the Ljubljana castle to appreciate the view. From here we headed to the Iconic Dragon bridge and then the Sky terrace for some Radlers and a view of the castle.

    [​IMG]Ljubljana-35 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Ljubljana-36 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]Ljubljana-32 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    So sad to leave the amazing hospitality of our friends, but the adventure continues. Slovenia is a very nice country that we never hear anything about in the west. That is probably because life is good here.

    [​IMG]Ljubljana by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    Today we want to stop by the Akrapović factory that is just 35 km away in Ivanca Gorica. They were very nice to meet with us and gave us some cool Akrapociv gear! They are unable to give tours of the factory due to corporate security issues.


    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2016-07-25 at 22.49.52 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]S6E1 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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  13. roadcapDen

    roadcapDen Ass, Grass or Gas, no free rides.

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    Epic as usual!! Thanks.
    Did Venice smell...?
    So ADV is more current than wwride.ca?
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  14. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    No it did not even though everyone said it would!! Tourism is down so maybe less flushes?! Yes since worldwideride.ca is mostly our friends and family and ultimately as a record for us. I dont want to post the updates too often and bore them and so it gets behind. The ADV crowd i think checks in more often so I try to keep it current. ADV is usually about a week behind! It depends on how much time I have and the wifi quality. Cheers. S&D
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    This Slovenian rider stopped us at a round about and said “ do you speak English? Then he asked us to show him how to get to Ljubljana?!”

    [​IMG]Sara Pics by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    It was quite funny when we arrived on this very small country road to a border check. It was a sort of which country is this moment. We hoped it was the crossing into Croatia. For a second it was confusing since the sign said Hrvatska, which your brain translates as Hungary!

    [​IMG]Sara Pics-4 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    This is a Schengen crossing with an out of the zone stamp from Slovenia and then one into Croatia, which is not in the Schengen despite being in the EU. We continued across Croatia to finally enter Hungary, where there is another Schengen check since Hungary is both in the EU and the Schengen.

    [​IMG]Sara Pics-5 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    We had to wing it a bit after the Croatian border since we had taken our paper map home and deleted the Croatia maps from the GPS since we needed the space.
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We had a short trip from the border to the fair sized town of Nagykanizsa. For Hungary they also have a vignette system, but it is not only for the highways, but some other major roads. It is easy here as it is an E vignette that you get online and is 5 E/10 days for bikes. It is also more sophisticated here as they have video surveillance for the tolls. We walked to the near by square for a traditional Hungarian meal of fried potato dumplings.

    [​IMG]Hungary by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Sara Pics-6 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    This morning it is pouring as forecast, but it was to stop at 11 and so we waited it out, but though it was less rainy it was till raining at 1030. That said we got 50 km east and to lake Balaton (largest lake in central Europe) and the sun came out and we stripped off the rain gear. We stayed on the north side of the huge lake and then hit the highway for the last 100 km to Budapest.

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2016-08-04 at 19.16.43 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We had booked into a cheap hotel that was 600 meters from the M2 subway line. This gave us quick access to the city. We had originally planned two nights, but this meant leaving when the forecast was terrible after the second night and then the next day was supposed to be very nice. So we booked for 3 nights in the slightly sketch hotel. After arriving we headed to what is now our new favourite European capital. The city is very clean, very easy to get around, stunning, and very alive. We did a walking tour of the city centre and along the Danube.


    [​IMG]Budapest-3 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Budapest-2 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Budapest-4 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Budapest by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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